Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Women With Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Nurs Womens Health
© 2018 AWHONN Pelvic organ prolapse is a medical condition that can cause pelvic discomfort as well as urinary and bowel complications. Approximately 25% of women in the United States and roughly 50% of women worldwide develop this condition. Although pelvic organ prolapse is usually a non–life-threatening condition, it can result in decreased self-confidence and negative body image. Physical and emotional sequelae can limit physical activity, and decreased productivity could be a consequence. Evidence from the literature indicates that pessary use and pelvic floor muscle training are effective options when conservative treatment is desired. Additional research is necessary to determine long-term outcomes in women who choose nonsurgical treatments. Nonsurgical options are important for women for whom surgery is contraindicated or not preferred.
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Faculty; Northwell Researcher
School of Medicine; Northwell Health
Obstetrics and Gynecology